Now is a great time to carefully think about what type of candy you are consuming. After all, with Halloween right around the corner, it will seem like candy is everywhere just waiting to be eaten. Unfortunately, some candies – especially those commonly given during Halloween – can cause numerous dental problems such as cavities, broken or fractured teeth, gingivitis, sudden toothaches, and extremely sensitive teeth.
If you want to preserve your smile, it is best that you avoid the following types of candies.
Be Super Picky About Sticky Candy
Sticky candy, such as taffy, caramels, and any types of gummy candies, can increase your chances of developing cavities and oral health problems.
Your chances of experiencing oral health problems increase because the candy is sticky. The candy is often so sticky that it is extremely difficult to remove—even if you brush and floss. If the candy is not promptly removed from the teeth, it remains there and attracts bacteria that causes cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Just Say No to Hard Candy
Hard candies, like Jolly Ranchers, Peppermints, Cinnamon Discs, and Butterscotch are deceiving. They don’t look like they could cause a lot of damage to your teeth, but they can.
The hard texture of the candy can cause severe damage to your teeth. If you get tired of sucking on a hard candy and decide to crunch it up by biting down on it, you could crack or chip a tooth or cause damage to previous dental work, such as fillings, dental bridges, or dental crowns.
Hard candies can also increase your chances of experiencing gum disease and tooth decay. These candies are designed to slowly dissolve in your mouth. While that means a single piece of candy lasts longer, it also means that candy is in your mouth longer. The longer the candy is in your mouth, the more contact your teeth have with sugars that attract cavity-causing bacteria.
Pass on the Sour Candies
No only do sour candies like Sour Patch Kids or sour-flavored jawbreakers have the same problems as hard candies or sticky candies, but they present another issue: acid. Sour candies are extremely acidic. That acid can quickly attack your teeth and cause damage that leads to cavities.
The Best Candy to Consume
It may seem like almost all types of candies should be avoided, but there are some candies you can still enjoy if you have a craving for sweets. Some of the best candies to consume include:
Always Practice Good Dental Hygiene
Regardless of whether you eat the good candies or bad candies, it is important that you practice good dental hygiene. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and flossing daily will help remove plaque and cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth.
In addition to practicing good dental hygiene, it is important that you schedule regular visits with your dentist. Regular office visits, which occur every four to six months, allow you to get a professional cleaning that helps you keep your teeth and gums clean. These regular office visits will also help to detect dental problems that need to be treated, such as gum disease or cavities, before they cause too much damage.
Is it time to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning? Call Cedar Walk Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Our friendly dentists and dental staff will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy by conducting a complete dental exam and professionally cleaning your teeth.